Doug Berch

Dulcimer Maker And Musician

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CD Pre-Release Fun!

I leave tomorrow for St. Louis. I’ll be doing a house concert with my dear old friend Robert Fishbone. Robert’s talents are many and sometimes not easy to define. He is a musician, story teller, performance artist, keynote performer and speaker and entrepreneur but in essence his talents are something more than the sum of those parts

Robert is also the friend who helped me figure out that it was really time to leave the job I had as the showroom manager at Elderly Instruments and get back to being a musician and luthier. I thank him profusely on the good days!

And this past weekend my friend Robin Zahir came for a visit. Robin is a photographer and designer with the eyes and heart of a poet. He is also one of the finest people I know and is deeply in my heart. He took lots of pictures and will soon be designing the covers for the two CDs. You’ll be seeing his beautiful photographs here and there on these pages in the near future.

So with finished masters in hand I decided to make some pre-release copies of the CDs to bring with me to the gig in St. Louis. Burning high quality CDs at home is no problem. And hey, you can go to any office supply store and get labels and inserts and a program to make your CDs look fairly professional in the comfort of your own familiar dwelling.

thinkingThat is, in theory, what I have been attempting to do tonight.

It took me about four hours to design some fairly nice covers and labels using a few of Robin’s photographs.

And after the printer trashed a few dozen or so inserts, and after my wonderful wife took apart and reassembled 25 or so CD cases we noticed that right there on the front cover I proudly displayed that this album contained Hammered Duclimer Instrumentals!

Yes, that’s right, Duclimer!

And it’s late and I have a long drive tomorrow and I was going to do the setup on two dulcimers before I left but instead I will be going to the office supply store for more labels and printing inserts and assembling CDs.

But enough whining. Here’s an old picture of a woman in a spectacular chicken costume.

lady in a chicken costume

Life is good.

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6 Comments

  1. @Deborah Robson – I’m sure she is somewhere in the “pecking order” of great players!

  2. Thanks Steph. Nice to hear from you after all these years.

    All the best,

    Doug

  3. Doug you look exactly the same! Has been a very long time my friend. You are a breath of fresh air to my ears and soul!

    with love steph

  4. The woman in the chicken suit is a well-known duclimer virtuoso (virtuosa?).

  5. So true so true and soon I’ll see you,
    Rub a dub dub yodelayheehoo!

  6. Robert Fishbone

    Hi ho fo fum,
    night is on, day yet begun
    travels though, they beckon they call
    a lovely trip, and then when done
    you’ve reached a home, you’ve pierced the wall
    rest a bit, and then, the FUN!

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